letters of request

Definition of letters of request 

1 : a written request from one government or sovereign to another to aid an injured person in seeking redress, with a promise to reciprocate

2 English ecclesiastical law : an instrument by which an inferior court waives jurisdiction over a case and requests a higher court to hear it

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First Known Use of letters of request

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for letters of request

Middle English

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